The EICMA 2018 Motorcycle Show in Milan, Italy is arguably the biggest motorcycle show of the year. Everyone from big brands to new startups shows off their new rides here. The number of electric vehicles has increased every year and this year an entire section of the show is entirely dedicated to electric vehicles, including electric motorcycles, mopeds, scooters and bicycles.
Electrek is on hand to cover the latest announcements and the coolest new personal electric vehicles. Here are some of the exciting new vehicles we look forward to covering over the next few days.
Harley-Davidson LiveWire Electric Motorcycle
Harley-Davidson recently announced plans for five new electric vehicles, starting with their LiveWire electric motorcycle prototype.
Despite the LiveWire prototype debut a few years ago, it has rarely been seen in public. While this has sparked speculation about Harley-Davidson’s sincerity in creating the LiveWire, the company has reiterated its commitment to start selling an electric motorcycle by the end of 2019.
Harley-Davidson has confirmed that it will be showcasing the LiveWire electric motorcycle here at EICMA 2018.
We will take this opportunity to get closer to the rarely seen Harley-Davidson electric motorcycle and get more information from the company on its future electric vehicle projects.
KYMCO unveils a powerful electric Something
KYMCO, one of the world’s largest scooter manufacturers, has firmly embraced electric vehicles. Not only have they rolled out several electric scooters over the past year, but they also unveiled their new business platform last month. This platform, Ionex Commercial, is designed to help governments and businesses adopt electric scooter fleets for scooter sharing, delivery fleets, and other commercial applications.
Now, the company continues its momentum with plans to unveil its new electric vehicle tomorrow at EICMA 2018. We don’t yet know what the vehicle is, but clues suggest it is something. bigger and more powerful than their standard range of scooters.
While KYMCO produces large gasoline maxi scooters in the 500cc range, their new vehicle may be less scooter and more superbike. An electric racing bike from KYMCO would certainly be exciting, but we’ll have to wait until their press conference tomorrow to find out more. Rest assured, we’ll post the news as soon as it airs. And if you want to speculate with us, check out their teaser video below.
It should also be noted that KYMCO flew us and hosted us here in Milan for EICMA 2018.
The new electric mountain bike from Ducati
Ducati is not generally known to be a leader in the field of electric vehicles. However, they are taking small steps by launching their new electric mountain bike at EICMA 2018 this year.
The MIG-RR, created in partnership with Thok Ebikes, will feature a high-torque mid-drive made by Shimano combined with an underlying battery.
Ducati’s new electric bike is expected to feature very high-end components, including a long-travel Fox suspension and four-piston hydraulic disc brakes. Interestingly, the MIG-RR appears to have mismatched wheels with a 29 inch tire in the front and a 27.5 inch tire in the rear.
Combined with the styling of the Ducati design team, it looks like an exciting e-bike.
Plus, it’s great to see the motorcycle legend at least dip his toe in the water to test electric vehicles. Hopefully there will be more news from Ducati on the electric vehicle front, and not just on bikes.
Arc’s new Vector electric street bike
There is still very little information about this new electric motorcycle from the British company Arc, but it should be very innovative.
From the details available to us we know that the Arc Vector is likely a high performance, low volume British electric racing motorcycle. It will likely be paired with a suite of high-tech equipment designed to work in tandem with the bike.
Such equipment should include a special helmet with a head-up display (HUD) on the visor, presenting the rider with relevant information about the vehicle. There will also be a smart jacket with haptic feedback to let runners know important information without them needing to take their eyes off the rapidly approaching hairpin bend.
The jacket will apparently also have speakers that work with the haptic feedback system to help you “feel” the music.
It sounds pretty futuristic, but we’ll come back to it in more detail once we see the bike and gear in person.
Vespa, like Harley-Davidson, is another one of those companies that seemed to be resting on its brand loyalty and delaying their adoption of electric vehicles.
Unlike Harley-Davidson, Vespa eventually reached production of its first electric vehicle, the Vespa Elettrica.
The Elettrica scooter was first unveiled two years ago at this event. Since then, the Elettrica has not been seen much in public. Now that production has started, Vespa is bringing the updated production scooter to the show. And we’ll be here to bring you the newest (and almost the most expensive) Vespa scooter on the market up close.
… And more from EICMA 2018
This is just a taste of what’s to come from EICMA 2018.
There is an entire room full of pure electric vehicles, so there will be a lot of interesting new products to cover. Keep checking back over the next few days for updates from the show.
And let us know what you’d like to see from EICMA 2018 in the comments below. We’ll do our best to keep tabs on what you’re looking for!
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